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Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Former FGCU coach charged for deadly assault in NYC

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assaulting a tourist in Queens, according to a police report obtained by Sports Illustrated.

Jamill Jones, 35, confronted Sandor Szabo, 35, for banging on cars at about 1:15 a.m. near 41-10 29th Street in Long Island City, the New York Post reported, citing sources.

According to NBC New York, Szabo had knocked on Jones' auto window, mistaking the vehicle for his Uber ride.

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest.

After he punched Szabo, police say Jones got into an SUV and drove away leaving the man on the pavement. He died on Tuesday, police confirmed.

Jones turned himself into police Thursday afternoon and was arraigned Thursday night at Queens County Criminal Court.




Detectives are continuing their investigation and could upgrade the charges in part depending on what the medical examiner finds.

A spokesman said Wake Forest had no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones' arrest.

Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the company said in a Facebook post. The Jones family sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the Szabo family.

Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, made contact with the window of Jones' SUV while looking for his ride after his stepsister's wedding, police said.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said.